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"Speedlight" is Nikon's brandname, and "Speedlite" is Canon's — but apparently Ricoh also used the name "Speedlite". That made me curious, and in a quick trademark search, it appears that no company has ever registered these terms, although an "American Speedlight Corporation" registered a letter-A-with-sunburst logo for their product ("Flash apparatus in ...


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You can use it as a manual flash on the Nikon hotshoe without doing anything to it. I wouldn't recommend trying to upgrade the firmware. The flash is physically only capable of being a manual-only flash on a Nikon camera. Look at the pin layout on the foot vs. the Nikon hotshoe. Canon's pin/contact layout has four small contacts in a square underneath the ...


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I did some experimenting in order to answer basically this for myself in the question Is the Deflector Plate recommended when using a Westcott Rapid Box with the cover on? — where the "Rapid Box" in question is an internal-umbrella style softbox as you describe. Here's one of my experiments from that answer: You can see that with the bare flash, the ...


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The light is on the ground, which means the underside of her face is lit, which is quite different than we are used to seeing people lit (above, from sunlight or ceiling lights). Not sure it's a real problem here, but it's generally unflattering. Light is from an extreme angle from her right. Not necessarily bad, but it leaves most of her face dark, ...


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The dedicated foot may or may not work properly with a newer camera of the same brand. Your best bet would be to get a non-dedicated version, if available for your make and model, and then use that. There are a couple of caveats, though: one is, the flash unit must have its own eye, or it will only fire at full power. If the flash is completely ...


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TL;DR: Put it on the camera and start playing with it. If you got yourself an OEM hotshoe flash, such as a Nikon SB-600/700 or a Canon 430EX/430EXII as your starter, this is going to be the best place to begin learning what you can do with flash. A lot of folks will urge you to go straight for off-camera and Strobist setups, and that's a great way to "get ...


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Consider getting that YN-560 off-camera, Strobist-style, and onto a stand with an umbrella as your diffuser (any smaller diffuser may not be as soft as you'd like). Bouncing loses you a stop or two of light, and you need everything you can get. You'd need a stand, swivel, and umbrella, and some way to trigger the flash, but the YN-560 has built-in optical ...


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This is basically the exact opposite of the traditional white-background portrait, as described at How can I get a pure white background in studio photography?, or a modification of What do I need to get photos with a unifom black background? Once you understand those, this is relatively easy. Raphael explains one possible model, but I think it's actually ...


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I'd first set my exposure for the background. Next, I'd set up the flash off camera and close to the subject for over exposure. The important part is the flash is flagged or snooted so you can direct the light to fall on the subject without affecting the background. Having the background or anything that can reflect light back a good distance away from the ...


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In just my opinion: 1) The ambient looks like it is very dark; the clouds looks blurry. 2) Overexpose the flash probably 2 steps. If you can not overexpose more than 2 steps you would need an external one. 3) Shoot the persons and they need to move fast from the place after the flash. 4) I think the ambient is very low light because you can't see trails ...


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"Speedlight" and "Speedlite" are trademark names that have indeed become generic (like "Vaseline"). I think the general term you are looking for is "hotshoe flash/flashgun" ... referring to the portable flashguns that can be mounted to the camera's hotshoe.


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When attached with a working E-TTL cable the flash should behave exactly as if it were connected directly to the hot shoe. One thing you may want to check is the alignment of the connections at both ends of the cable. Make sure the cable is inserted all the way into the hot shoe and that the flash is inserted all the way into the other end of the cable. And ...


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My guess is this is a gap in the reverse engineering Yongnuo does for the electronic communication protocol of the Canon hotshoe. The AE-1 is old enough that it's using the film version of TTL/A-TTL, while the Rebel 2000 uses E-TTL, and the T1i uses E-TTL II. Canon flashes can probably detect and switch to the different modes for TTL/A-TTL, E-TTL, and ...


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Yes you can, but as far as I know, you cannot do it with the 622C alone. You can definitely do it with the addition of a 622C TX. I took a couple of my daughter doing exactly what you want to do. There is a description of how I did it with the photos on Flickr. Full size Another example


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I think that firing the flash manually gives you a lot more interesting possibilities than rear curtain sync. If you want to have rear curtain sync, just push the (flash) button at the end of the exposure (just before releasing the shutter button) That being said, you can fire the flash at any time during the bulb exposure. If a dancer jumps, you probably ...


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Pocketwizard's wiki says you cannot use 2nd curtain together with bulb mode if you are relying solely on the camera to trigger the flash in sync with the second curtain. Because in bulb mode the exposure is terminated by the photographer after an arbitrary period of time, there's no way for the camera to predict when that will be, and therefore no way for ...


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Flash Yongnuo YN560 - Tripod... ... Then we have some lights from the top that I directed to the background Your picture shows orange tint in some places. I suspect that the flash and the other lights have different color temperature. If that's the case, you should get some gel filters (e.g. from Rosco) to get the temperature of the flash to the ...


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Probably the best investment you could make at this point would be a decent tripod and adjustable head. Anytime possible and convenient, a picture should be taken with a tripod. Your initial picture appears to have a tan tint to it, and the tan color shows up on the pants as well. Its tough to tell if it truly is that color, but my guess is it is not. ...


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None of the Canon flashes can be used simultaneously as slave and master. The 550EX can only be used as a master on-camera (or connected by a TTL cable to a hotshoe), or a slave off-camera. It cannot be an off-camera slave and an off-camera master at the same time. The same is also true of the 580EX, 580EXII, and 600EX-RT. In addition, once the PC port on ...


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The RF-603's are very simple triggers -- no E-TTL whatsoever, including pass-through to the hotshoe on the top of the 603. In your case, you should still be able to put a 603 on your camera's hotshoe, then either flash on top of the 603, with the other flash mounted on the other trigger. Set both flashes to manual power and zoom, then press the shutter on ...


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All three of the Yongnuo radio triggering systems are incompatible with each other. The "manual" Yongnuo triggers (RF-60x/YN-560-TX), the TTL Yongnuo triggers (N-622/YN-622-TX), and the RT Yongnuo triggers (YN-E3-RT/YNE3-RX) have differing communication protocols, despite all being 2.4 GHz radio triggers. The only way to get them to interoperate is to stack ...


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So the straight answer is that there is no option for Olympus off camera flash that doesn't require a clip on module of some sort. But you can add to the existing system. I have and use the Aokatec AK-TTL with my Metz and Olympus flashes. Fiddly to attach but I'm working on a workaround that uses "Sugru" to attach the light transmitter to the sensor on the ...



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